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Fishing – no ice, no waiting – in North Dakota

I’ve posted before about my husband – a Minnesotan who has become one of North Dakota’s biggest promoters because of the accessible (and pretty fabulous) hunting and fishing here.  Well this guy LOVES his Missouri River.  It’s no secret that this has been the warmest winter on record in North Dakota.  Most of the state had little to no snow all season and now the daytime highs have consistently been in the 50s, 60s and even 70s from border-to-border.  So what does that have to do with my dear hubby and fishing?  As I was being informed of the boat ramps that have opened in Bismarck and Mandan he also reminded me that in some states, there’s a season opener that’s still weeks away. Here in North Dakota, our walleye/pike season never “closes” or “opens.”  And as many anglers know – that spring bite can be awesome.  HOW awesome?  Just last week a new state record lake trout was caught.

Royce Johnston of New Town reeled in the 16-pound, 6-ounce lake trout from the Garrison Dam Tailrace (on the Missouri River). The 33.5-inch fish broke the old record by more than two pounds. The previous record of 14 pounds, 4 ounces was taken from the Tailrace in 1982.

Fishing North Dakota is easy! Just visit the Game and Fish Department for licensing, waterways and boat ramps. You can also get the latest with the North Dakota Outdoors on Facebook.  Follow @OutdoorsND on Twitter for great information around the state because, not only is the fishing open, golf courses are opening too! The first we’ve heard of are Heart River in Dickinson, Pebble Creek in Bismarck and the Edgewood and Rose Creek courses in Fargo. Several others have told us that they could be opening in the coming weeks!

And if you happen to be going out tomorrow on the Missouri River – it’s expected to be 80-degrees and you can look for my hubby in a green Fisher.

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Holiday Victorian charm and entertainment in Garrison

Make plans to step back in time to town set in the era of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  Each holiday season, the North Dakota town of Garrison (pop 1,500) transforms itself with Victorian-period dress, transportation, food and more.  The Dickens Festival takes place November 25-27, December 2-3 and 9-10 and features daily entertainment, tons of special events, tours, carriage rides, contests, shopping and yummy treats!

New events this year include:

  • A Christmas Quilt Show
  • Fruitcake Toss
  • Trains, Tractors, Toys and Cars Show
  • Cash Cab – take the free taxi, answer the questions and you could win Garrison bucks
  • Dress Dickens Contest – dress the part and you could win $100

Daily, guests enjoy musical entertainment, an English market, carriage rides, historic tours at Holmes’ Home, the Don’t Be a Scrooge Contest, double-decker bus rides, visits of nearby historic Fort Stevenson, English High Tea, walking tours, lighted parade and holiday sing-along.  And yes, “A Christmas Carol” is performed nightly.

And you may need good food to keep your energy up so here’s a peek at just a few menu items: turkey drumsticks, sausage-on-a-stick, meatballs and pickled walleye, fleischkeuchle, knoephla soup and cheesecake.

For more information, visit the Dickens Festival website and click on the 2011 Dickens Gazette link for a complete schedule, maps and coupons!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Attractions, Events, Family Fun

 

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Ways to enjoy Memorial Weekend in North Dakota

This weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer!  Many visitors to North Dakota will be camping and enjoying the great outdoors.  I’d like to share a couple of special events on our calendar and great ways to pay tribute to Veterans.

In honor of servicemen and women, the North Dakota State Parks will have free day admission in all parks on Monday.

Memorial Motorcycle Rally, May 29-31 in Devils Lake – Three days of riding, games, activities and a steak fry.  Rodeo too.

Skydance Sakakawea, May 29-31 at Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison – An annual kite flying festival with stunt kites, demonstrations and more.

Memorial Weekend Celebration, May 29-31 at Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site – Tours, laying of wreaths, classes and more.

Memorial Day Ceremony

The 2010 Memorial Day Ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery will take place at noon Monday, May 31. This annual event honors all deceased American servicemen and women and is free to the public.   The cemetery is 6.5 miles south of Mandan, N.D., on Highway 1806.

Numerous ceremonies will be taking place throughout North Dakota.  Please contact local convention and visitor bureaus for details.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Events, History, Motorcycling

 

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